MINNEAPOLIS - Target has committed $10 million to support advancing social justice and the rebuilding and recovery efforts in local communities after protests and riots erupted across the United States after the death of George Floyd.
"Target stands with black families, communities and team members,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target. “As we face an inflection point in Minneapolis and across the country, we're listening to our team, guests and communities, committed to using our size, scale and resources to help heal and create lasting change.”
The $10 million investment from Target and the Target Foundation will support the National Urban League, the African American Leadership Forum and new partners in Minneapolis, St. Paul and across the country.
In addition, the company has designated 10,000 hours of pro-bono consulting services for black- and people-of-color-owned small businesses in the Twin Cities that need assistance rebuilding. The retailer is also offering guests the option to direct Target funds to local nonprofits supporting social justice through Target Circle, the company’s loyalty program.
"We at the African American Leadership Forum have had a longstanding partnership with Target from our inception," said Marcus Owens, executive director of the African American Leadership Forum – Twin Cities. "At this critical moment in our Twin Cities communities and across the country, we appreciate the solidarity Target has shown to help rebuild as well as be part of the necessary systems changes ahead of us."
Target has also established an internal task force comprised of the company’s senior leaders across the United States that will partner with the retailer’s team members, guests and members of the community to determine the company’s next steps.